The 15 Best Plants for Bedrooms To Help You Sleep Better

Modern bedroom with several plants

Amber Interiors

Plants are the secret to great décor—just look at your nearest interior design magazine for proof. Not only do they add sculptural interest in a space and make it feel more organic and close to nature, but they also have a slew of health benefits, from purifying the air to helping you sleep. For those reasons, the bedroom really is one of the best spaces in your home to add a plant or two. But caring for plants requires constant attention—each varietal demanding its own unique set of needs.

Does your bedroom have a lot of natural light? Do you constantly forget to water your plant? Do you travel a lot? Do you need your plants to be safe for pets? To find out what the best plants for bedrooms are, we tapped plant expert Ali Glockler, head of indoor at Harrison Green.

Meet the Expert

Ali Glockler is the head of indoor at Harrison Green, an award-winning landscape architecture firm in NYC.

Get ready to exercise your green thumb—we've rounded up some of the hands-down best plants for bedrooms.

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Monstera

Up close of a Monstera plant next to an African milk plant.

Sara Toufali

  • Botanical Name: Monstera deliciosa
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.0

"The monstera offers awesome tropical foliage and is a great statement plant. If you are looking to get just one plant for your bedroom, this is the one to go with," says Glockler. No doubt you've come across this plant in dozens of interior photos—its huge, swiss cheese-like leaves are unmistakable and instantly add a jungle vibe to any space. "They also come in a large variety of sizes and are great for any size bedroom," she adds.

Monstera plant in a grower's pot
The Sill Monstera Deliciosa $33
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Lavender

Close up of lavender blooming in a pot against a white wall

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  • Botanical Name: Lavandula
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well-draining vegetable soil mix
  • Soil pH: 6.7 to 7.3

If you've got a bright, south-facing window in your bedroom, a lavender plant would be a worthy addition to your collection. You've likely heard of the benefits of lavender essential oil—anti-anxiety, sleep aide, stress relief, to name a few—but did you know you can get many of the same benefits from the plant? When your flowers bloom, cut off at the stems to display in a bouquet or dry for any number of self-care uses.

Lavender plant in charcoal pot on a wood stool next to a glass of water
Bloomscape Lavender $35
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Rubber Plant

Rubber tree next to a tall mirror in a boho bedroom

Sara Toufali

  • Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.0

Another dramatic plant that will immediately change the ambiance of any room, the Ficus elastica is a relative to the ever-popular fiddle-leaf tree, but is much easier going than its fickle cousin.

"The rubber plant is easy to care for in a variety of conditions," says Glockler. "It's highly purifying of the air in a room and has beautiful dark green foliage. It can grow pretty tall if cared for properly."

Medium rubber plant in a boho basket on a wood stool
PlantVine Ficus elastica ‘Burgundy’ $25
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Parlor Palm

palm and assorted plants in a bright boho bedroom

Sara Toufali

  • Botanical Name: Chamaedorea elegans
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting mix
  • Soil pH: 5.1 to 7.5

If you're looking to bring the tropics to you, parlor palms are your best friend. They may start small, but these little dwarf palms can reach up to four feet tall indoors for maximum drama. And unlike many tropical plants, these guys can adapt to lower light situations, though they'll still require some humidity. Place it on a tray of pebbles with a bit of water or near a humidifier with any other humidity-loving plants. Keep the soil evenly moist and fertilize in warmer months.

Parlor palm in a mint scalloped pot
The Sill Parlor Palm $23
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Peace Lily

Peace lily with white flowers on a bedside table

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  • Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum
  • Sun Exposure: Low, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 5.0 to 6.5

Aside from adding an immediate Zen vibe to your room, these lush, oversized plants are incredibly versatile.

"Peace lilies are great for bedrooms with little natural light. They provide large dark green foliage and even flowers, depending on the variety. They are great at purifying the air as well. They even have a peaceful name," points out Glockler.

Peace lily plant in a white pot on a wood side table
Ansel & Ivy Peace Lily $46
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Snake Plant

two snake plants on nightstands in a boho bedroom

COTTAGE + SEA

  • Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Free-draining cactus or succulent mix
  • Soil pH: 4.5 to 7.0

If you've been known to have a black thumb, this plant is the one for you.

"The snake plant is one of the hardiest indoor plants around," says Glockler. "If you live in a room with no windows, over water, or forget to water often, this is your plant. They can live in almost any environment and are great for anyone who doesn’t have much space, as it's more of an upright plant rather than a plant that needs tons of room to grow out."

Snake plant in a white pot
The Sill Snake Plant Laurentii $24
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Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen in an office nook

JC Designs

  • Botanical Name: Aglaonema
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting soil
  • Soil pH: 5.6 to 6.5

If you're looking for a splash of vibrancy, consider a Chinese evergreen, which comes in all sorts of bright colors and wild patterns. This vivacious yet compact jungle plant is another easy-going option that tolerates most any lighting condition—for low light rooms, choose a green variety though, as more colorful variegations will need more light.

Bonus: the leaves of the Chinese evergreen help filter harmful toxins out of the air and emit oxygen, literally helping you to breathe (and sleep) better.

Red Chinese evergreen plant in a white pot on a wood side table
Greendigs Red Chinese Evergreen Plant $55
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Pilea Peperomia

Large pilea peperomioides in a terra cotta pot on a windowsill

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  • Botanical Name: Pilea peperomioides
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

"Pilea peperomioides have unique round foliage, like to be on the dry side, and are more of tabletop or nightstand plants, so if floor space is an issue, this one is great," recommends Glockler. Treat it right by avoiding overwatering and giving it plenty of light, and it will flourish for many years.

"It is the plant that gives back by producing new baby plants all the time," adds Glockler. "You can re-pot the new growth and give it as a gift or just become a hoarder of pilea peperomia."

Pilea peperomia in a grower's pot
The Sill Pilea Peperomioides $22
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Pothos

Pothos in a light and airy bedroom

Sara Toufali

  • Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting mix
  • Soil pH: 6.1 to 6.5

When you think of long, trailing vines, the first thing that comes to mind is probably pothos, or devil's ivy.

"The pothos is one of the most popular vines out there," says Glockler. "Pothos are great in a hanging planter or on a shelf if floor space is limited. It's another super-easy plant to care for and can even live in a cup or a jar of water. No dirt needed!"

Variegated pothos in a grower's pot
The Sill Marble Queen Pothos $32
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Heartleaf Philodendron

Philodendron on a bookshelf

Dwell Aware

  • Botanical Name: Philodendron hederaceum
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Peat moss-based potting mix
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

Another trailing jungle vine, heartleaf philodendron is easy to mistake for pothos, though their care and growth habit is similar. You’ll know it by its truly heart-shaped (rather than teardrop-shaped), smooth-surfaced leaves.

Variegated types like ‘Brasil’ are some of the prettiest, with shiny leaves streaked in deep and lime green. Another, known as blushing philodendron, has red stems and bright pink streaks on its leaves. 

Propagating heartleaf philodendron into a new plant (or several) couldn't be easier. Like pothos, simply trim a vine that includes a leaf nodule and place it in a glass of water to root, then plant in soil.

Heartleaf philodendron in a white pot on a table next to a glass of water
Bloomscape Philodendron Heartleaf $35
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Succulent

Various succulents on a small floating shelf

Sara Toufali

  • Botanical Name: Varies
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained succulent or cactus mix
  • Soil pH: 4.0 to 6.5

For urban dwellers, sometimes space comes at too high a premium. In that case, Glockler has a suggestion.

"If the only space you have is a windowsill, then I would recommend a succulent. Like cacti, succulents prefer more sun than water, so if you travel a lot or forget to water, then they are your plant. They take up minimal space and add that green that every room needs." Plus, propagating succulents is simple and the new plants make great gifts.

Starpack Home Premium 3 Piece Mini White Ceramic Succulent Planter Pot Set With Bamboo Bases $16
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Natal Mahogany Tree

Natal mahogany tree in front of a window

Carrie Lynn's Plants

  • Botanical Name: Trichilia dregeana
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting mix
  • Soil pH: 6.1 to 6.5

This lesser-known tree is one that definitely deserves more attention, given it's one of the most low-maintenance tropical trees out there.

"If you are looking for a statement tree but live in a low- to medium-light space, this is your plant," says Glockler. "The natal mahogany bush offers amazing foliage, grows fast, and truly is one of our favorite indoor trees here at Harrison Green. It's easy to care for, but it does love water."

The bark and seeds of the natal mahogany are highly toxic to cats and dogs, so it may be best to choose something else if you have curious pets around.

Small natal mahogany tree in a pot
Plant Office Natal Mahogany - Trichilia emetica $45
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Spider Plant

Spider plant with tons of babies in a boho bedroom

Tracey Hairston

  • Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum
  • Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: Well-drained potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.2

The spider plant is one of those classic houseplants that's nearly impossible to kill. That paired with its long, lush leaves that filter toxins out of the air make it a popular choice for any space. Hang it in front of a bright window to take advantage of its drapey, arching shape and it may reward you with baby offshoots that you can grow into new plants.

Just be careful not to overwater—the spider plant's roots tend to hold onto moisture so err on the side of less is more.

Spider plant in a suspended white pot
Plants.com Spider Plant $45
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ZZ Plant

zz plant and pothos in a bright boho bedroom

JC Designs

  • Botanical Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright, indirect light
  • Soil Type: All-purpose potting soil
  • Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0

In terms of plant care, it doesn't get much easier than ZZ plants.

"Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZs for short) is a classic low-light plant and is super easy to care for," says Glockler. They basically thrive on neglect (water only when the soil is completely dry) and will tolerate just about any light conditions.

Just remember that ZZ plants are toxic if ingested, so be careful around kids and pets.

ZZ plant in a black and white pot on a wood side table
Ansel & Ivy ZZ Plant $46
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Dumb Cane Plant

houseplants in wooden shelf against white wall

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  • Botanical Name: Dieffenbachia
  • Sun Exposure: Low to bright light
  • Soil Type: Well-draining potting mix
  • Soil pH: 6.1 to 6.5

This lush jungle plant would look stunning just about anywhere you put it thanks to its full, uniquely patterned leaves. The dumb cane will thrive in bright, indirect light, but will tolerate low light conditions, too. In general, it prefers warm, humid spaces, so keep away from drafty windows and consider placing near a humidifier.

Note that, if the stem or leaves are chewed, it'll cause swelling, pain, and temporary speechlessness (hence the nickname), so be careful to keep out of reach of pets and small children.

Dumb cane plant in grower's pot
Lively Root Dieffenbachia Tiki $52
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